Online fitness coaching is one of the best ways you can escape the rat race. With coaches pulling in 6-figures a year by monetizing their passion and helping people change their lives for the better, online fitness coaching is one of the very best online businesses somebody completely new can begin to make bank.

Many people with a knack for fitness can begin to make good money doing what they love. You can inspire others to make a positive change, while using your social media presence to showcase your lifestyle.

More online fitness coaches than ever are taking to social media to gain financial freedom. The best part is that it doesn’t require any starting costs or investment to get started either. Plus you don’t need formal qualifications either – although they help. Many fitness coaches don’t have college degrees but still do well plying their trade to clients around the world.

Here are ten reasons why you should become an online fitness coach. If you’re already sold on the idea of becoming an online fitness coach, check out our article to help you get started today.

Make Good Money

While the average personal trainer makes around $28/hr in person, the hours can be long and punishing. Your experiences as a personal trainer will give you the perfect skills to take your craft online, charge higher prices, and handle more clients. All of these factors combined will allow you to scale to six-figures and beyond without having to break the bank or learn new practical skills to serve your clients. 

There are many online fitness coaches that easily clear six-figures per year or more without having to work more than 3-4 hours per day. As opposed to personal trainers who regularly work 10-12 hours per day, plus squeeze in training and a semblance of a social life.

Unless you are a celebrity personal trainer, it’s very difficult to charge premium prices for in-person training. However, with good positioning and social media marketing, you can soon charge higher prices for your online coaching clients. Moreover, there’s a limited number of clients you can take on at once in person. With an online fitness coaching business, you can reduce the number of hours you spend on each client, while charging higher prices. Eventually, you can scale your business and hire other trainers to help you complete the workload.

Not only can you make good money, but you will also free up more personal time and work from wherever in the world you fancy once the ball is rolling. There are hundreds of online fitness coaches who make millions every year doing what they love. You too can become the next success story. 

No Starting Costs

One of the most attractive benefits of online fitness coaching is that it requires ZERO starting costs to launch your brand. All you need is a social media presence. I recommend becoming proficient at posting on:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • TikTok

Being a good social media marketer across various platforms will amplify your reach and protect you from algorithm updates. 

As you start to gain clients, you can start a website, have a landing page, sell programs, and even move into selling other products altogether.

Learn about starting an online business

You may have the skills to be a good personal trainer in real life – and these skills are transferable to online fitness coaching. But in starting a seamless online business by using your real-life skills, you will also learn core skills for starting an online business – or any business for that matter.

Becoming proficient at social media, blogging and marketing will unlock various other skills such as:

  • SEO
  • Copywriting
  • Psychology
  • Sales
  • Deliverables
  • Analysis
  • Offers
  • Networking
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Branding
  • Affiliates
  • Ads
  • Much More

For some, coaching may be their passion. However, online fitness coaching is a stepping stone to other ventures. Moreover, some of you may eventually burn out from fitness coaching or simply lose passion for the industry. It happens. Not everyone is cut out for it. Despite this, you will learn irreplaceable skills that can be applied to other online business ventures, selling other fitness-related products such as supplements, or even scaling your online fitness coaching business to the moon.

Learning while doing – and making money in the process – is a lot more fun and relevant to your own growth than watching YouTube videos. You will get an insight into what works and what doesn’t. You will also make friends and meet helpful people along the way with the same interests as yours.

Extra income

Whether you choose to become an online fitness coach to supplement your current income, as a full time venture, or as a stepping stone to other projects, online fitness coaching is an easy way to make more money.

That’s why you’re reading this article, right?

There are some brand new fitness coaches that charge $2000 for a 12-week program – I’m not kidding. Although I recommend setting your price point lower until you find clients, with some savvy social media posts, you can begin to make life changing sums of money on a regular basis. 

Even if you’re an in-person trainer, the testimonials, case studies and results you will have produced will be enough to attract new clients. This can help you increase your monthly income with significantly less effort than personal training. Plus you will be meeting great people along the way who can help you find new opportunities. 

Escape the 9-5

Many of you reading this article, will be looking to escape the 9-5. As I’ve said you don’t need qualifications or prior experience to get started. As long as you have expert knowledge on fitness and a decent physique to back up your knowledge, you can start online fitness coaching today. 

Your social media posts can help you find additional income that may enable you to escape the 9-5 rat race or even move away from personal training so you can pursue the life of your dreams. 

Some of you reading this may be happy to pursue a career. But if fitness is your hobby, the extra income you can drive may help you cover certain costs such as mortgage repayments or student debts.

Help people’s lives

Online fitness coaching isn’t just well-paid with good positioning and social media skills, but it is also tremendously rewarding. You can change 1000s of lives for the better. There are individuals out there desperate to lose weight, gain muscle, increase their libido, alleviate the symptoms of chronic illnesses, improve their mental health, allow them to play with their kids – and you can be the reason why their lives are significantly better.

Receiving messages like:

“I can finally keep up with my kids. You have changed my life. I cannot thank you enough.”

“I finally feel confident enough to take my shirt off at the beach.”

“You made me stop feeling like a shy weakling.”

“My joint pain has completely disappeared.”

“My wife was about to leave me before we started working together. Now she can’t get enough of me.”

“My weight loss gave me enough confidence to go on my first date in years. Thank you!”

And you are generating these kinds of results while getting paid. Very few businesses or entrepreneurs receive messages like these, yet it can become a regularity. You have the power to become a huge net positive to the world.

Pursue your passion

It has become something of a cliché in the entrepreneurial space for people with few marketable skills to enter online fitness coaching. But, ask yourself, how did you acquire your skills? You likely would not have gotten into shape if you didn’t love fitness, right? 

You have probably helped a few newbies at the gym. Given some advice to the person who almost decapitated themselves on the bench. Encouraged the chubby person on the treadmill. Offered diet advice to the terminal yo-yo dieter. 

Why not convert your passion – fitness – into a high-paying and rewarding endeavor? They say the person who does what they love never works a day in their life. Why not broadcast your workouts, meals, training philosophy and advice on social media? If it truly is your passion and you rarely skip a workout, why not take the plunge and become an online fitness coach? 

It is a rare opportunity to turn one’s passions into a well-paying business. It’s yours for the taking. 

Become a better PT in real life

As you will be working with people around the world, from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs; who have different training equipment, dietary requirements, lifestyles, your experiences as an online fitness coach will also turn you into a better personal trainer in real life. 

Furthermore, the skills you will acquire from building your online fitness coaching business can be applied as a personal trainer. You will have gained both technical and practical knowledge that other personal trainers will not possess. 

Skills such as:

  • People skills
  • Empathy
  • Time management
  • Promotions
  • Psychology
  • Copywriting
  • Tracking nutrition/training

Will all turn you into a better personal trainer if this is your true passion. Explaining workouts and meal prep over the internet is significantly harder than doing so in person. Your interpersonal and interpretive skills will improve immensely by your experiences coaching online.

Network with great people

My main area of expertise in real life is social media growth and management. One of the biggest aspects of social media growth that is overlooked is networking. You will need to network with other fitness personalities to learn about social media growth and marketing. Along the way, you may find new friends, opportunities and even interact with some of the biggest names in the fitness industry – as opposed to training in person.

Social media grants you the ability to reach some of the biggest fitness celebrities – big and small – from around the world. Even if you don’t reach out to the biggest fitness influencers, you can still network with influencers with a similar following. Networking is one of the most important things you can do as your association with other trusted influencers is the fastest way to generate trust with your audience and future clients. You may also be given a helping hand in your social media growth by the networks you make. Sometimes, other influencers may give you a shout out or refer clients to you.

Be Free

The final point on this list is that you can achieve freedom – if you are so oriented. Most people aren’t lucky enough to read this article and realize that they too can be free. Whether it is financial, geographical, time, or a combination of these things, online fitness coaching can be your ticket to freedom. 

After a short period of hard work, you can work from where you want, when you want, and how you want. Other jobs can be constricting, but if you work for yourself as an online fitness coach you can call the shots in your life. Let’s say you’re not a morning person: you can start work at noon instead of 8am. If you want to make more money, you can do so. Don’t like where you live? Work hard for a few months and live or travel wherever you want to. 

Becoming an online fitness coach is remarkably easy to do. As we’ve said, we have a detailed article on what you need to do to get started. 

Who wouldn’t want to:

  • Increase their income
  • Have more free time
  • Work with the clients they want
  • Monetize their passion
  • Change people’s lives
  • Live where they want
  • Meet great people
  • Find new and exciting opportunities
  • Gain new skills to never have to rejoin the rat race
  • Make an impact

We can help you achieve these goals. It’s up to you to pull the trigger.